IMPORTANT NOTE: All Distinguished Visitor Awards and Travelling Fellowships have been suspended for 2022 and will be reinstated in 2023.
The Hood Fellowships were established to honour former University of Auckland Vice-Chancellor Sir John Hood, who is one of New Zealand’s most outstanding leaders. It aims to enhance the interaction between University staff and leading international talent in order to retain our leading researchers, and to attract the best international research talent to our university.
The Fund provides:
Travelling Fellowships to enable selected academic staff to undertake short-term research at prestigious international institutions.
Visiting Fellowships to enable overseas academics to challenge and inspire research at the University of Auckland.
Setting the standard
At the centre of the Hood Fellowships programme is a commitment to excellence and a selection committee that sets a high bar for inbound and outbound Fellows. Since its inception the Hood Fellowship programme has attracted very strong interest from across the University. As a result, the selection panel has been able to recommend support for a “sparkling galaxy” of incoming Fellows from around the world and outgoing Fellows from within the University of Auckland.
Administration of the Fund
The Hood Fund will be administered by The University of Auckland Foundation, in conjunction with the University. The Foundation will allocate the annual funding from the return on the invested capital in the Hood Fund. The University undertakes that 100% of your gift as well as any accrued net investment income will go to the Fund. No administration fee will be charged. The Hood Fund also allocates an annual grant it is currently receiving from the Lion Foundation.
Information for applicants
The Hood Fund will provide annually a number of Fellowships across all Faculties. These aim both to attract the best academic talent to Auckland, and also to enable the University's top academics to travel to prestigious institutions abroad to continue their research. All incoming Fellows must give at least one public lecture or equivalent in Auckland during their Fellowship
Value Of Hood Fellowships
Each Fellowship will be worth up to $20,000. The grant must be used to cover all accommodation, travel and general expenses, including one reception/dinner in honour of incoming Fellow. Those nominating or applying will be required to present a provisional budget with their nomination/application, and all expenditure should be accounted for in the report submitted on completion of the Fellowship.
General guidelines and regulations
Guidelines for Hood Fellowship applicants (Word doc)
Regulations governing the Hood Fellowships (Word doc)
For overseas academics visiting The University of Auckland
Contact for further enquiries
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext. 82617